How to use python as a http server

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Posted by Thilan Dissanayaka on Aug 12, 2019
Hello guys, Today I'm hear with another quick tutorial. in this one I'll explain you how we can use python as a http web server. Yes we have apache2 and nginx. But for some quick and short works this tool is so handy. We can build a simple server wiyhing a single line of python code. Let's see how. First i'm going to show you how we can use it in python 2.x version. Hear we have a module called SimpleHTTPServer. The syntax for use it is python -m SimpleHTTPServer [port] The default port is 8000. So if you don't specify a port it will be used. Let's serve on port 4444.
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 4444
Now we can browse it through our browser. If you visiting it in same host you have to go 127.0.0.1:4444. If you have added an index.html file it will be displayed. If not you can see the directory listing of current folder.   python http server Awesome ! . it's working fine.  Do you want to see above html source too? why can't. :-)
<!DOCTYPE html><html><head><style type="text/css">.heading{text-align: center;color: lime;font-size: 72px;}.sub-heading{text-align: center;color: white;font-size: 40px;}.hl{text-align: center;font-size: 96px;color: white;}.hl-up{color: red;text-align: center;font-size: 96px;}a{text-decoration: none;}body{background: black;}</style><title>Blog of Thilan</title></head><body><h1 class="heading"> Welcome to </h1><a href="http://hacksland.net"><h1 class="hl"><span class="hl-up">H</span>acks<span class="hl-up">L</span>and</h1></a></body></html>
Just for fun. :-p When sombody visit the server , HTTP requests will be logged on the terminal. Also this server will serve until you close the shell.  
[email protected]:~$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 4444
Serving HTTP on 0.0.0.0 port 4444 ...
127.0.0.1 - - [26/Jun/2019 18:05:15] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 -
127.0.0.1 - - [26/Jun/2019 18:06:37] code 404, message File not found
127.0.0.1 - - [26/Jun/2019 18:06:37] "GET /any.html HTTP/1.1" 404 -
Now we can use it on python 3.x versions too. Hear we have to use http module instead of simpleHttpServer. The syntax is same.
python3 -m http.server 8000
So guys it's all for this tutorial. Yes it was a short and quick one. But we can use this trick in many times. In futurre tutorials I'll show you how we can use this in ctf , and web applicatio pentesting.Thank for reading. :-)

Hi, I'm Thilan. An engineering student from SriLanka. I love to code with Python, JavaScript PHP and C.

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